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Inspired by the many other Arab uprisings in 2011, anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya rose to depose Colonel Gaddafi. The UN sent in air strikes on military to protect civilians and made Libya a no-fly zone.

The International Contact Groups (containing countries such as the USA and the UK) recognised the opposition group to Gaddafi, the National Transitional Council, as the rightful government of Libya. Less than three months later, after going into hiding, Colonel Gaddafi was found and killed by opposition fighters.



Old Oakhamian who fought in Libya

​​​​​​Charles Sudborough

Charles Sudborough


Life at Oakham

Charles attended Oakham School between 1999 and 2004. He was a member of Haywoods and then School House.

  • Drama: performed in the Haywoods-Stevens-Buchanans production of “The Servant of Two Masters” – Spring 2000.
  • R.A.F.: the most successful at command tasks on Service Weekend – Winter 2001; achieved Part 3 Qualification – Winter 2003.


  • International Scholarships exams: got to the second round of interviews – Winter 2001.
  • Design & Technology: awarded an Arkwright Scholarship at the Royal Aeronautical Society for his GCSE work – Winter 2002; awarded 2nd place in the National Final of the Young Electronic Designer Awards – Winter 2002; took part in the Engineering Education Scheme with BT – Spring 2003.
  • Odell Prize: Summer 2004.


  • Badminton Colts: Captain – Spring 2002.
  • Badminton 1st team: Winter 2002.
  • Tennis 2nd VI: Summer 2004.



After Oakham

Charles went to Bristol University to study Aeronautical Engineering. In September 2004, he ran the Nottingham Marathon in 3h59min21sec and raised £300 for Barnardo’s.

He was a Flight Lieutenant in the 2nd Squadron, Tactical Communications Wing and the 90 Signals Unit in the Royal Air Force.

tactical communications

The badge of the Tactical Communications Wing.